This Old ‘High School Musical’ Theory About The World They Live In Is… Wild

by Jeremy Spirogis
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You know High School Musical, proper? The wildly common Disney Channel Original Movie from 2006 that went on to launch an excellent larger franchise? It consisted of three motion pictures, the final opening in theaters, a stay tour, and a Broadway musical. Now, it’s impressed a sequence on Disney+ that’s meta as hell. It’s about children performing the musical on the similar highschool it’s set in. While it’s simply a film — a Disney Channel one at that — an previous principle on Reddit explains why there actually aren’t any legal guidelines within the movie. 

The cast of 'High School Musical' — Vanessa Hudgens, Monique Coleman, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, and Zac Efron — at a Q&A session for the film on May 4, 2006.
The solid of ‘High School Musical’ — Vanessa Hudgens, Monique Coleman, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, and Zac Efron — at a Q&A session for the movie on May 4, 2006 | David Livingston/Getty Images

A Reddit principle comes up with a purpose why ‘HSM’ doesn’t have any specific content material (apart from it being Disney)

So, sure, it’s a child’s movie about excessive schoolers breaking out in tune and dance about how they don’t dance and sing, however if you happen to wished to essentially get philosophical with it, the dearth of legal guidelines is astounding. And if you happen to’re like Reddit consumer u/SkyWasTheRobotic, that straightforward “it’s just a movie” reply gained’t lower it. They got down to discover an “in-universe” clarification to this, and the result is wild. 

In a now-archived Reddit post from 2015, u/SkyWasTheRobotic stated that critic Kevin Carr stated “the filmmakers were just trying to tell a story. Sex, drugs and violence just didn’t factor into that equation.” But that wasn’t sufficient for the consumer. To clarify why these three issues didn’t exist, they got here up with a purpose. “High School Musical is about in an alternate historical past with out legal guidelines. That is, a world the place crime doesn’t exist as we see it. A world the place you may homicide, steal, and destroy with none authorized repercussions.”

Let that sink in for a second. But not too lengthy, as a result of they go on to clarify how the idea of the Social Contract explains society’s legislation system. It’s “an agreement between you and everyone around you to restrict some of your rights and privileges in exchange for a more fulfilling life.” A authorized system enforces this. 

Now, this High School Musical principle means that the Social Contract and authorized system don’t exist and by no means got here into play. This permits folks to simply do no matter they need and there aren’t repercussions. They summed it up with: “So it’s kinda like The Purge, besides with extra basketball and higher story.” 

The characters break fundamental guidelines and even legal guidelines, but no actual penalties occur

Alright, so this would possibly slightly over-the-top when, once more, it’s a DCOM. However, if you happen to actually give it some thought, it is sensible. The proof the consumer provides consists of the children trashing the college in High School Musical 2 and Mr. Fulton making the children’ lives a dwelling hell at Lava Springs. Not to say that kitchen? No sanitary legal guidelines exist. Also, when Ms. Darbus applies to Julliard for Troy in High School Musical 3, nobody mentions how that’s forgery and undoubtedly in opposition to the legislation. 

The principle additionally factors out that the ultimate tune in HSM2, “All For One,” sends the message that “you’re only supposed to look out for yourself. Of course, in this universe, that’s what it’s like. Your only priority is looking out for number one.” Not to say, the idea suggests all of the musical numbers are outcomes of LSD journeys. Interesting. 

Bad or outlawed issues aren’t a giant deal as a result of they’re commonplace

So why don’t these characters ever point out the lawlessness? It’s as a result of it’s simply part of the society they stay in. We don’t point out smartphones, the web, or cease indicators; they simply exist and we all know what to do with them.

Why don’t they worry for his or her life, if crimes aren’t outlawed? It’s an identical reply: they’ve at all times lived on this world, so it’s regular and never a giant deal. The consumer wrote, 

The reply is definitely a deep introspection of our relationship with the Social Contract: with none restrictions on folks’s rights and freedoms, no person is ever unhappy. You can have no matter you need, everytime you need.

Of course, they do get unhappy or really feel strain of their private lives. If issues don’t go as they need or their emotions are damage, then they really feel unhappiness or wistfulness. But within the grand scheme of life on this society, crime doesn’t frighten them. 

The principle does skim over the truth that the children do obtain detention within the first movie, and Mr. Fulton has strict guidelines in the second. But that could be chalked as much as particular person lecturers or companies, not the entire society.

“What the High School Musical motion pictures try to say is that, whereas it’s most likely for the higher good that legal guidelines exist — if we didn’t have any legal guidelines — we might change into immediately happier with our lives,” the author of this rollercoaster of a principle concludes. “Freedom and liberty may not be synonymous… but maybe that’s for the best.”

You can do with this data what you’ll. But what it does show is that the thoughts is really a magical factor whenever you get your head within the recreation.

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